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Does the ‘Notorious RBG’ Exhibit Go Beyond Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hero Worship?

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What more can institutions do to pay tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the iconic Supreme Court justice who died last year at the age of 87? In the city of her birth, New York mayor Bill de Blasio announced the renaming of Brooklyn Borough Hall in her honor. Her childhood home in Midwood became a pop-up memorial, with many leaving flowers and notes of appreciation on the doorstep on the anniversary of her death.

Her image blazed across social media, especially in light of Texas’s abortion ban, which the Supreme Court declined to hear in August. We remember her, even as the civil rights she dedicated her life to protecting begin to erode before our eyes.

So what can the New York Historical Society reveal that is new and insightful with its exhibit, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg? The show, which is open until Jan 23, 2022, and is based on the 2015 book by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, certainly succeeds at celebrating the justice’s life, paying particular attention to the supporting characters who filled it.

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